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06
Mar

2015

Weekly Roundup: Agreement Signed for 6 More Urban Cable Cars in La Paz-El Alto



A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

La Paz (Bolivia)
The delivery of a funicular connecting 17 de Obrajes station on the Linea Verde (Green Line) marks the completion of La Paz’s Phase 1 cable car plans. And without wasting anytime, Phase 2 agreements have been signed between the government and Doppelmayr for 6 more urban gondola systems! The total investment will be USD$450 million and the cable cars are scheduled to open by 2020.

Jerusalem Cable Car (Israel)
Reports indicate that government authorities will soon reveal their plans for a cable car connecting Jerusalem’s Old City. The $31 million system is meant to provide improved transport to the city’s 3 million tourists.

14th year anniversary (El Paso, Texas)
The Wyler Aerial Tramway in Franklin Mountain State park is set to celebrate its 14th birthday since it re-opened in 2001. The original system first began operations in 1960 and operated until 1986. Festivities will be held on Saturday from 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Utica Proposals (Utica, New York)
A concept for an urban gondola connecting Harbor Point to the city’s downtown has been raised by councillor Ed Bucciero. The councillor is pushing to have the idea considered by local officials for a more thorough analysis and discussion.

12
Feb

2015

Riding Línea Roja in Full HD!

Last week we were pretty excited to share with you La Paz’s Línea Amarilla in full HD. This week, reader Peter K, found us brand new footage of the first aerial cable car in Bolivia’s capital, Línea Roja.

It’s hard to say which system is more spectacular but check it out and you be the judge!

 

02
Feb

2015

Riding Línea Amarilla in Full HD

Ever wonder what it was like to hop onboard La Paz’s longest urban cable car Línea Amarilla? Thanks to Youtube user Marco Torrico anyone with an internet connection or a solid mobile data plan is now able to ride vicariously on the gondola in full 1080p HD! So if you have 20 minutes to spare, sit back, relax and enjoy the incredible panoramic views of La Paz’s rugged urban landscape.

PS: For those who may be wondering, the system travels from stations in the following order: Parque Mirador >> Buenos Aires >> Sopocachi >> Libertador. 

05
Dec

2014

Weekly Roundup: Green Line (Linea Verde) Opens in La Paz; CPT Proposed for Paris’ business district


A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

Mi Teleférico / Weekly Roundup
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28
Aug

2014

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Line Yellow (Línea Amarilla), La Paz, Bolivia

Line Yellow (Línea Amarilla), La Paz, Bolivia. Image by Photobucket user ZPLAQ.

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Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide. If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.

Mi Teleférico / Photo of the Week
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19
Aug

2014

NYT: Subway in the Sky – La Paz

Even though we’re now seeing more and more Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) systems being implemented around the world, mainstream North American media has, arguably, paid little attention to urban gondola lifts.

This past weekend, however, New York Times flew their correspondents down to La Paz and documented the city’s Red Line, — or what they cleverly termed, “Bolivia’s Subway in the Sky”.

They even made a short film about it and interviewed locals what they thought of their brand new cable car.

The article is a wonderful inside look into how the cable system is not only transforming the city’s public transit network, but how a cable car line is actively breaking down cultural and social stigmas.

16
Apr

2014

La Paz – El Alto Cable Car Coverage (Mi Teleférico)

Last week, as announced by a number of international new sources both inside and outside of Bolivia, the first of three urban cable car lines  in La Paz – El Alto was finally opened to the general public.

Despite being barely a week old, a host of events and celebrations has already taken place. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s making the headlines down in the world’s highest capital:

1.  Children’s Day

Image from Mi Teleférico (Facebook page).

Children accompanied by adults in La Paz were given free admission to test out the cable car. To show their support and satisfy their curiosity, an estimated 24,000 kids lined up for a chance to be the first ones ride the system. To build up an even greater transit culture amongst their youth, organizers are now holding a contest specifically designed for children.

Also, after the successful test runs, it seems that free service has now been extended for another month. The operators hope that during this time, it will help riders familiarize themselves with the new transport lines in preparation for the start of commercial operations in May.

2. Couple Gets Married

Tintaya-Condori gets married. Image from La Razon.

From many of the systems we’ve visited and research, there’s two themes that typically reoccur. One is that kids like to ride them (as proven above) and second, is that couples like to get married in them (see Gondolas and Proposals).

In the case of the Mi Teleférico, it only took a few days before a local couple claimed first place. Even the system project coordinator himself predicted that this is only the beginning of many, many more proposals and weddings on the cable car.

3. Smart Cards and Free Wifi

Smart card payment. Image from Mi Teleférico (Facebook page).

A spokesperson for the system informed that the urban gondola will be fully equipped with wifi service while fare payments will all be handled via a smart card system. Not a big deal right?

Well this would be true for many major metropolitan transit systems, but from my hometown where we’re still using tokens and facing implementation delays to our own smart fare card, all of these modern amenities on La Paz’s cable car makes me just a tad more envious. 

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